Oconee County was created from the southwestern part of Clarke County in 1875 by the Georgia General Assembly. The new county was created to satisfy southwestern Clarke County residents’ demand for their own county after the county seat was moved from Watkinsville to Athens by the General Assembly in 1872. It is named for the river flowing along part of its eastern border.
The county was ranked as the third-best rural county to live in by Progressive Farmer magazine in 2006.
Below are some useful links to various organizations within the county government.
Oconee County Government: www.oconeecounty.com
Sheriff’s Dept: www.oconeesheriff.org
Public Safety: www.oconeecounty.com/index.php/departments/code-enforcement
Health Dept: www.publichealthathens.com/wp/clinics/health-departments/oconee-county/
Recreation Dept: www.ocprd.com
Oconee Schools: www.oconee.k12.ga.us
Oconee County Chamber of Commerce: www.oconeechamber.org
Oconee Enterprise: www.oconeeenterprise.com
Oconee Leader: www.theoconeeleader.com